Zechariah’s hearers longed for the day when their king would return to deliver them from their enemies, restore their land, and rule them in righteousness. God promised them Jesus Christ, the King who has come in glory and who will return in even greater glory to bring ultimate peace to His people.
How should Christians think about wealth? The church has struggled with how to handle worldly wealth. Monks take vows of poverty while the health and wealth preachers exhort their followers to give to God to get from God. Many of the Proverbs of Solomon, the wealthiest man of his day, address the issue of wealth and poverty, rich and poor. We’ll sift through the book to see what treasures can be mined to help us be wise about wealth.
Everyone from Barcalounger to BMW promises heaven on earth, but no one truly delivers. Every earthly comfort leaves us either disappointed or longing for more. Only God can deliver heaven on earth through the gift of His Presence and He is in the process of doing so through His Son, whom we have the privilege of proclaiming to the nations.
Rituals are wonderful servants but terrible masters. Once they take on a life of their own, they enslave us and obscure their original purpose. Religious rituals are especially dangerous, which is why God warns us to beware ritualistic religion that is devoid of Him so that we might experience true revival through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tangible symbols help us understand and remember God’s promises. In Zechariah 6, God instructs the returned exiles to create a crown for the high priest, symbolizing the coming Messiah who would be both an atoning priest and a defending king. We face many challenges in our day and the Lord provides us with tangible symbols (chiefly His supper) so that we, too, might have faith in our glorious Savior who remains both priest and king forever.